Friday, December 26, 2008
Personality Feature: Nathalie Brault
I would like to introduce Nathalie --- where does she live? St-Calixte, Quebec. She lives in a small northern village, which she adores, and where there is a lot of snow in winter.
Nathalie has a great interest in upcycled, meaning, she takes used but in good conditions items and make something new with it. For example, her aprons are made with shirts and/or sheets. Her teawallets are made with fabric leftovers. Her tuques are made from sweater sleeves. She even has some necklaces made of vintage bobines. Her motto is reuse, recycle, recuperate.
I asked Nathalie if there were any influences in her young growing up years that she felt might have contributed to this upcycled interest that she has today.
Her mother was a hairdresser and her dad was a musician, so creativity runs in her family. While growing up she was with her mom at the hairdressing salon where she played for hours with wigs and curlers pretending they were ladies that she was taking care of. She use to dress her Barbies with Kleenexes and tape, so she did not need much to be happy. Even at that age she was recuperating fabric to dress her dolls and was aware of the ecology and kept everything for a later usage.
Her first success in selling her creative items was on consignment and this followed with selling on the net in her Etsy shop and on Artfire. She is just at the point of developing her work to be better know and her future goal is to make a living from her creations.
Natalie works very hard to try and get her shops known. For new artists starting out she would encourage you to never give up no matter what people may tell you; work really hard because it's a very competitive world and it is very important to believe in yourself.
To view Nahtalie's work here are the links to her shops:
You can see that Natalie has a passion about her work, her creative spirit, and a desire to grow in her business. Take a moment and hop on over to her etsy shop (www.recupefashion.etsy.com) and www.lagrande2tall4u.artfire.com and see just what Nathalie is up to.
Why did I interview Nathalie? Because she is unique, she is special, she is one of a kind.